A bizarre succulent is one that suggests something it's not in an eerie way: a cancerous growth, reptile, bug or body part. When you take a second look and ponder what on earth it is, you experience a deliciously unsettling ah-ha (or bwa-ha-ha) moment.
Of course, what's bizarre is in the eye of the beholder. With that in mind, the gallery below presents my own subjective choices.
BIZARRE SUCCULENTS CHALLENGE (Ended Oct. 18): At the risk of someone taking me seriously, I fiddled with the names of 12 of the 40+ bizarre succulents below. The first person to list them in the comments with the correct names received my Cactus 2021 calendar.
AND THE WINNER IS: Darcy Nagle of Tucson, Arizona, with 20 of 24 possible points! Coming to Darcy is:
Professor Mordant's Sea-Sand Succulents
Bizarre succulents inspired one of my few forays into fiction: Professor Mordant's Sea-Sand Succulents. Do enjoy "moonlit" photos and a pleasantly unsettling reinterpretation of collectible-yet-creepy succulents.
Excerpt: I was the only one who accepted the professor’s invitation. I calmed my trepidation by anticipating a big story…or at least a small adventure. It turned out to be both. But except for these photos, I’m unable to prove it. I fear that now, after the tsunami, this is the only record that remains...[Continue reading]
Bizarre Succulents Gallery
also for autumn
[With Video] Pumpkin How-To Succulent-topped pumpkins by Laura Eubanks exhibit her moss-and-glue method, as shown in my book, Succulents Simplified. So simple! Basically, Laura coats the top of the pumpkin with spray glue, adds dry moss, then hot-glues succulent cuttings and seed pods to the moss. The design possibilities are endless. Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Video…